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8 days Italy, Europe
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Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
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Trip Highlights: 
Pompeii & Herculaneum
Climb Mt. Vesuvius
Capri Island
Kayak along the Coast
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Child £1,287 Adult £1,430
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(Departures in 2017)
  • Day 1 - Arrive Sorrento
  • Day 2 - Herculaneum
  • Day 3 - Sorrento
  • Day 4 - Pompeii / Vesuvius
  • Day 5 - Minori
  • Day 6 - Minori
  • Day 7 - Minori - free day
  • Day 8 - Fly home
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Arrive Sorrento

Buongiorno! Welcome to Italy. Get ready for thousands of years of history, iconic sights, streets filled with stylish people, and all the pizza, pasta and gelato you can eat! This trip begins in the pretty seaside town of Sorrento – you can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until a group meeting this evening at 6pm. The closest international airport is Naples, which is a major international air gateway approximately 70 kilometres away. There are regular train and bus service from Naples, but a great way to see the beautiful Sorrentine Coastline and take in the sights is to arrive by boat – there are regular seasonal services between Naples and Sorrento that take just over an hour. People have been coming to the peninsula and islands of the Sorrento region for at least 2,000 years, and set invitingly atop dramatic cliffs over sparkling, blue waters, it's easy to see why. There are many options in this small seaside town with its fine piazzas, maze of old streets, sidewalk cafes and glamorous shops. The area is also famous for its lemon and orange groves.

Hotel Carlton or similar  - Swimming Pool



This morning you’ll take a short train ride to Ercolano and visit the ancient site of Herculaneum (approximately 50 minutes). Often overlooked in favour of its more famous and larger neighbour Pompeii, it was cover by a river of hot volcanic mud from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavations of this small seaside town of around 4,000 people first started in the 18th century, and soon uncovered bronze and silver artefacts, marble statues and many mosaics. Unlike Pompeii, which was covered by a relatively shallow layer of loose volcanic ash, Herculaneum’s network of streets and houses were superbly preserved under thick layers of mud. This conserved food, fruits, ropes, fish nets, wooden furniture, cloth, toys, and even uneaten food on the table and a private library of 1800 papyrus scrolls of books and plays. A guided tour (approximately 2 hours) around this often-quiet site will make you feel like a time traveller. It will really bring the town to life and reveal everyday life as it was almost 2,000 years ago. After you’ve walked the streets of this incredible town, return to your hotel by train. This evening you'll get a hands-on lesson in the thing that is most important to Italians, their food. Enjoy a pizza cooking demonstration and dinner.

Hotel Carlton or similar - Swimming Pool - Breakfast and Lunch included



This morning transfer to the port and head across the glorious Bay of Naples to Capri. A hydrofoil will take you across to the island that was once home to the magnificent holiday palaces of the Roman emperors. Capri’s dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior, narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of little white houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns that offer swanky hotels and chic cafes. Though its unmatched setting and natural beauty means it’s popular with visitors, there are still many hidden corners and treasures to explore.

After the exploration of the Marina and the little town of Capri, take a bus up to Anacapri and enjoy the best views of the island and bay from the top of Monte Solaro, reachable by cable car. Around mid-afternoon, take the ferry back to Sorrento where we have a free evening.

Hotel Carlton or similar - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included


Pompeii / Vesuvius

You will be picked up by our private transfer and head to Pompeii (approximately 40 minutes). Until the 26th August, 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business, but it was frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing 2,000 people and covering their homes in a layer of ash. Now you can take a unique look back into the lives of ancient Romans and discover how they lived, worked and interacted 2,000 years ago. The finely preserved ruins include villas, temples, theatres and bustling markets. Walk along the chariot-marked streets, visit the magnificent amphitheatre, and drop by the ‘Villa of Mysteries’. Then, take a short ride up the mighty Mt Vesuvius, maybe the most famous volcano in the world! Climb for around  45 minutes to the summit for staggering views over the Bay of Naples, then walk another 30 minutes on a trail across the cinders for views down into the crater. Although Mt Vesuvius is still considered to be an active volcano, the last eruption was in 1944 and there's no sign of volcanic activity . See first-hand the awesome power of the volcano that engulfed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is then about 30 minutes more to walk down again. We'll board our privtae vehicle and head back to Sorrento where there is a surprise in store.

Hotel Carlton or similar - Swimming Pool - Breakfast included



Today we pack our bags and be transferred to our next destination with private transfer. A stunning drive along the Amalfi Coast is waiting for us! But before we will be stop at a local Agriturismo to taste their local products and know about their food business. Once in Minori free time to explore this small little village or enjoy some beach time. The beach here is typical of many Italian beaches , full of people with parasols and deck chairs and a great place to find a spot and watch the world go by.
Hotel Caporal or similar - Breakfast included



Today we head out on kayaks and kayak along the Sorrentine Coast , followed by an afternoon to unwind , relax and share tales of this morning's adventure.


Hotel Caporal or similar - Breakfast included



Minori - free day

Today is free to enjoy Minori. Explore the Roman villa, walk along the coast or just relax and unwind in this delightful village.


Hotel Caporal or similar - Breakfast included



Fly home

Trip ends in Minori for land only clients after breakfast.

Breakfast included